The German forest
Myths and legends

Broadview TV

Design Direction
Motion Graphics 

German culture, it is said, has its roots in the forest, at least since Germanic warriors defeated the Romans in the Varus Battle. In Romanticism, the forest becomes a place of longing; it is painted, rhymed and sung about – and at the same time a symbol of national sovereignty. The Nazis instrumentalize him for their racist and anti-semitic ideology and the homeland films of post-war cinema for the dream of an ideal world. The environmental movement of the 80s fears for its national shrine during the forest dying debate – and activists chain themselves to the highest treetops to save trees from being cleared.

serious play was commissioned to create various intertitles based on the myths and legends surrounding the German forest.

Illustration: Thomas Lebeltel
Animation: Moritz Koepp


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